Sweezy’s Back “Positive”

August 9th, 2016
Some info surfaces.

Info surfaces.

It seems there may be some clarity into what’s going on with Bucs left guard J.R. Sweezy.

The big-money, free-agent signing apparently has a rotten back, per NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, who was at One Buc Palace today.

Sweezy had jetted to California, as Joe reported earlier, to be examined. The back seems to have received favorable reviews, per Garafolo’s anonymous-source report on NFL Network.

Of course, Garafolo’s source didn’t give him any sort of timetable when Sweezy can return to practice, or if he will practice. To date, Sweezy has been unable to practice and has been diligent in his floppy hat patrol duties on the practice field sidelines at One Buc Palace.

While this is all good to know, it really doesn’t shed a whole lot of light into Sweezy’s availability.

47 Responses to “Sweezy’s Back “Positive””

  1. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    I read earlier his career was over. I am so confused now.
    Where did you read that?–Joe

  2. Tom Edrington Says:

    He will be on hand every Monday to pick up his hefty paycheck….

  3. B Ryan Says:

    Pretty sure that was “Joe” stating his season was over.
    It’s very funny when you guys make stuff up. Does Joe believe Sweezy starts opening day and gets the job back? No. –Joe

  4. GhostofTedford Says:

    This is a direct reflection on Jason Licht. How can you sign a free agent to a large contract and not do all the diligent scouting and investigating of Sweezy? A prior injury of this magnitude should have been known prior to even typing up the contract. I can’t believe Licht would sign him if the injury was that serious. Something stinks and this time it aint the panthers.

  5. Joe Says:

    This is a direct reflection on Jason Licht. How can you sign a free agent to a large contract and not do all the diligent scouting and investigating of Sweezy?

    Do you really believe Licht (and Team Glazer) signed Sweezy without a physical?

  6. Nick2 Says:

    I cant imagine signing a big fat contract knowing I had a back that wasn’t going to hold up. Almost like robbing a bank. My guess is he will play this year and we wont know until then whether this is the rotten deal some are portraying it to be. I am with others that say whatever doctors that gave him the thumbs up from the Bucs perspective are the ones who should be held accountable. Teams like the Seahawks will go out of their way to keep info like this under wraps not even taking into account the HIPPA laws that govern such things. This will not have an effect on our season and if Pamphile has to start he has at least been getting great reviews.

  7. Joe Says:

    For those who truly believe the Bucs would sign Sweezy without first putting him through a physical, here is a standard wording of an NFL player’s contract. Joe will highlight the key element.

    8. PHYSICAL CONDITION. Player represents to Club that he is and will maintain himself in excellent physical condition. Player will undergo a complete physical examination by the Club physician upon Club request, during which physical examination Player agrees to make full and complete disclosure of any physical or mental condition known to him which might impair his performance under this contract and to respond fully and in good faith when questioned by the Club physician about such condition. If Player fails to establish or maintain his excellent physical condition to the satisfaction of the Club physician, or make the required full and complete disclosure and good faith responses to the Club physician, then Club may terminate this contract.

  8. Defense Rules Says:

    Would anyone really be surprised to see Sweezy end up on IR this season? First preseason game is almost here, he’s got a bad back, hasn’t practiced one lick with our OLine, and I seriously doubt he’s anywhere close to being in physical condition to play NFL ‘in the trenches’ football at this point. Not to mention that he’ll have to learn a position he has yet to play in the NFL. Wasn’t really impressed with his signing in the first place, but now even less so. Reputation as a good run blocker but so-so pass blocker had me shaking my head. I suspect that Pamphile’s ready, but also expect that the Bucs will sign an insurance OLineman when other teams make their cuts.

  9. Tripp Says:

    Joe, you’re smart enough to know team doctors screw up, or teams ignore things because they see what they want to see. Or prior injury issues are wrongly believed to be gone.

  10. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    How is his big toe?

  11. meh Says:

    Sweezy didn’t really have “prior injury issues”.

  12. ATLBucs Fan Says:

    Who’s to say the injury happened before he signed the contract? The fact is we have no facts other than the trip to CA for a second opinion.

  13. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    B Ryan Says
    “Pretty sure that was “Joe” stating his season was over.”

    Actually, that’s not what Joe said. Joe said this:
    “It sure looks like Sweezy is done for the year.”

    The words “sure looks like” is a statement of opinion. Otherwise Joe would have said “Sweezy’s season is done for the year.”

    I agree with Joe…you people misread or misremembered.

  14. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Tampabaybucfan Says
    “How is his big toe?”

    That question reminds me of a present my wife and I got at our wedding reception. Her being a virgin and all, someone thought she needed a few pointers, so they gave us the book called “The Joy of Se x”.

    That book listed a lot of things to do with the “big toe”.


  15. BucTrooper Says:

    Article correction: one must actually “practice” if one is going to RETURN to practice.

  16. Ed Says:

    Why not just ask the head coach. He just said the other day at a press conference that he is not a Bull-Spit person.

  17. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Hope he’s alright…. Get well soon sweezy!

  18. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Defense he sure made Aron Donald look small both times he faced him last season. Why do I mention, many here talk about Donald likes he’s the best in the game right now. That’s why.

  19. BigHogHaynes Says:

    He been bull/spitting! Have you heard say anything to curtail our concerns, or has Joe and others been soft/balling the questions about Easy Sweezy?

  20. BucTrooper Says:

    At least the Bucs haven’t become dependent on him yet.

  21. Buccfan37 Says:

    It seems like the extent of a player injury is kept secret until it can’t be kept a secret any longer.

  22. Tnew Says:

    This screams of something that happened during an off season workout.

  23. Sacbuc$ Says:

    Joe did Sweezy get hurt taking his physical because this really don’t make sense. He hasn’t tooking any reps with the team. So when did he get hurt? He pass the physical signed the contract and slip on a few millions. What did he do to hurt himself? When and where did the injure occur? What part of the body is injured? Internal or Externally? Was it a on the field or off the field injury? Joe tell us the deal.

  24. salish_seamonster Says:

    “He hasn’t tooking any reps with the team.”


  25. Tom S. Says:

    Back injuries rarely come out of nowhere (unless it’s a car accident Sweezy was involved in the offseason). Injuries are often the result of longstanding issues, chronic wear and tear etc. Yes, that could have been found by a thorough check, the problem is that if the team flagged it in the first place. Anyone who has had sports physical can tell you, it’s not the most thorough check in the world. Certainly not one that you can’t get by (somehow 9-10 year NFL vets like Calvin Johnson who have trouble getting out of bed seem to pass them, you think someone who just signed a big money deal can’t?)

    Sweezy and his agent are under no obligation to tell the team of any discomfort or issues with his back prior to signing, that’s on the team to find out. The medical team’s job is to find problems, Sweezy and his agent’s job is to get the biggest contract. Do you see the conflict of interest?

  26. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Back injuries rarely come out of the blue- So Akeem Spence was freak thing last season.

  27. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Personally I’m good wit him sitting this season if need be. I mean me and Erik the only loony’s screaming Superbowl this year anyway. I want this dude all the way right when he puts his pads on. Some are not overly enthused by the signing,I think you’re nuts. Sweezy a beast in the run and pass protection game. Seems like PFF plays a role in many here opinions. I like like looking at video. That tell me rarely dose he get beat. Again watch him matched up against Aron Donald both games last season. Come back an holla at taking bout Sweezy not good.

  28. SB with Jameis Says:

    Nole….you still haven’t signed up for the JBF league.

  29. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Up to this day…has licht signed one positive FA, that has helped the team? Not being a smartarse just asking, and I am not including ayers nor grimes have they have not played and sweezy is in doubt

  30. kevin strickroth Says:

    Dont be ignorant folks, we all know he hurt his back carry that huge signing bonus to the bank.

  31. Defense Rules Says:

    NOS-BOS … I still question whether or not we should’ve signed him, that’s all. Aaron D’s very good as we know, but that’s still just one game. Several things I read indicated that JR was very good at run blocking but only so-so-at pass blocking. I personally want to see OLinemen who can do both (so Jameis doesn’t get beaten up this year). Maybe they’re right, maybe they’re wrong, but it doesn’t look like we’ll find the answer this year. Just keep thinking that if Sweezy’s such a stud, why did Seattle let him go so easily after he started 15-16 games a year for them for the past 3 years?

  32. 76buc Says:

    Sweezy is making me grumpy and sleepy.

  33. Mike Johnson Says:

    I never thought the Bucs should have paid easy money Sweezy all of that cash abyways. Even without his injury. If he does not play ball this season or just half a season, The man is just collecting..easy money. Bucs need ballers. NoT another clipboard carrier!

  34. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:


    The injury occurred before he was signed to Tampa.

  35. GenocideD Says:

    Tampabaybucfan Says:
    August 9th, 2016 at 5:13 pm
    How is his big toe?

    ^ Hahahahaha!

  36. Joe Says:

    Up to this day…has licht signed one positive FA, that has helped the team?

    Never heard of Cherilus or Hawley? Wasn’t Louis Murphy a Licht signing? Jaq Smith?

  37. Tbbucs3 Says:

    Lichts signed plenty of good free agents and also has learned from his mistakes of Michael Johnson and Anthony Collins. I also believe Licht was somewhat pressured into signing all of Lovies former bears, how could licht tell Lovie that he couldn’t sign his beloved Mike Jenkins?

  38. Buc1987 Says:

    Is this how the seasons going to be on here?

    The Lovie defenders are going to be out in droves if the Bucs have any mis-steps?

    Stop it. Please. I beg you. Stop it now before it gets started….

  39. Buccanstopit Says:

    He went to sign the contract, dropped pen, bent over quickly, threw back out. Silently screamed to himself, signed contract, went to bathroom to cry in joy and pain.

  40. feelthepewterpower Says:

    meh Says:
    August 9th, 2016 at 5:13 pm
    Sweezy didn’t really have “prior injury issues”.

    Not according to the seahawks writers who were glad they kept okung over sweezy, so far at least.

  41. ninety9buc Says:


    that’s sum funnie sheet!!!!

  42. Kevin Says:

    How in the hell can someone cash his check with a new team when his body wont even allow him to do his job??? I dont get it, why is a thourough physical not conducted prior to signing, if I were a team owner, Id purchase an MRI machine, CT scan, the works, xrays. Id be scanning every inch and asking about pain up front. These guys know theyre hurt, theyre former teams know theyre hurt and then they put on a smile for theyre new team and take a payday. Get this guy outa here

  43. DemBoyzFromDaBay727 Says:

    @ Joe

    Yes u can count those guys as FA signings but we’re talking about the big money, big name FA that we overpay ever year and pan out 20% of the time. (And that’s prob being nice) Given Licht’s track record for FA u can’t be suprised if us fans are a bit weary of stuff like this. We all know what history tells us. And it’s a bit weird given the great track record he has when it comes to evaluating talent coming out of the draft, but is polar opposite we it comes to FA. I wouldn’t be suprised one bit if Swezzy is on season ending IR when it’s all said n done. U also have to consider why the Seahawks would let a guy they liked so much n hasn’t reached his ceiling yet, walk when they are in desprate need of help on the line. A bit suspect to begin with. It will be very interesting to see how this one plays out.

  44. Mike Johnson Says:

    I got this feeling Easy Sweezy is going to be a..Bust!

  45. PRBucFan Says:

    Who is sneezy gonna lose his job to? lol Comical

    It’s his job once he comes back from injury, that is not even questionable.

    Unless your insinuating his contract was to play backup?

  46. PRBucFan Says:

    I love when dudes pull %’s out of there butts and act like it somehow means jack squat in their argument.

  47. PRBucFan Says:

    The season hasn’t even started, quit with the dramatics lol